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Having re-discovered my love for tequila on a recent holiday to Mexico, I picked up a bottle with the intention of practicing my tequila slammer technique at home. I opted for this brand as it is established and readily available and the bottle, with opulent yellow label stood out amongst others on the shelf.
The taste is quite sweet with a bitter aftertaste and a strong kick of alcohol to boot. It is very nice taken as a shot, with the usual lime and salt, or with and orange and cinnamon for something a little bit different. I enjoyed it with orange juice in an attempt at a tequila sunrise cocktail and drinking this instantly transported me back to my holidays. It is strong at 38% proof and it is easy to forget that you are drinking such a strong spirit when it is mixed however it is smooth to drink and does not burn your throat at all on the way down. I would say that drinking this tequila gives a lovely warm sensation without being overpowering (depending on how much you put in of course). Some brands of tequila have been known to resemble paint stripper but well done Jose Cuervo for delivering a good quality product at a reasonable price.
Andale, andale, arriba, arriba!
I've reviewed Jack Daniels' single barrel bourbon. I then went on to cover Sailor Jerry's spiced rum. Now it's time to cover a spirit that still seems to be in limited use in the UK. Ladies, Gentlemen, I give you Mexico's finest - Tequila.
Tequila is made from the core of a plant commonly called blue agave. Harvested in their twelfth year by specialist labourers called Jimenadores who pass their knowledge of exactly how to work the plant down from generation to generation.
Unfortunately, Tequila prices climbed as a result of a blight on the plant. I've seen prices increase by 30% because of it. I fervently hope that the plants recover, because a good tequila is a thing of beauty.
Bake me a pineapple, I'll be back for breakfast.
The hearts of the plant, called pinas (pineapples) are then slowly baked in ovens to break down starches into sugars. Shredded or mashed by a large wheel, the juice begins the fermentation process. Twice distilled, gives the entry level result known as silver tequila.
If not bottled at this stage, it is transferred to wooden barrels to create the clearly superior golden, rested Tequila. The degree of aging produces several further categories.
These are, in order:
Silver (Plata) - Bottled immediately after distillation, or aged less than two months. This is your entry level tequila, best used for mixing drinks with. Also the cheapest, typically around £15 a bottle.
Young - (Joven) Mix of silver tequila and rested tequila. Typically a light gold in colour.
Rested (Reposado) - A deeper gold. Aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year in oak barrels of any size. This is normally my "go to" vintage, due to cost. Ideally you want to find a bottle that confirms it is made from 100% blue agave. Many tequilas are a mix of agave and other, less expensive sugar sources due to the blight.
If you're looking at Jose Cuervo, the world's most prevalent distributor and manufacturer of tequila, look for the traditional or la familia marker.
Aged (Añejo) - Aged a minimum of one year, but less than three years in small oak barrels. Over three years results in Ultra-Anejo. Here's where the price starts to rise. Expect an absolute minimum of £20 a bottle, and consider yourself lucky.
Double that price, and you get something truly special. Prices will continue to rise to around £100. While the lower end of these can be used to create a delicious mixed drink such as Margarita, the higher end is sippin' territory.
It makes me happy
I am reviewing the most common tequila, The Jose Cuervo especial. What makes it special is that only 51% of the product comes from blue agave. The rest, as indicated above comes from less expensive sugar sources. Again, the agave blight has caused this compromise.
You still have a golden fluid with an unmistakable aroma. Nothing else smells like tequila. Do not chill tequila, unless it's really rough, cheap stuff. Drink it room temperature. A lot of folks shoot shots of tequila by doing the lip, sip and suck. A lick of salt on the rim, a shot of tequila and a suck of a slice of lime (or lemon). Watch out how many shots you take as it's easy to get carried away in a group. Projectile vomiting is not a pleasant experience.
I prefer to sip, rather than shoot. If you want to be really authentic, exchange sips between the tequila and sangrita (orange juice, grenadine and chilli.) Oye, Paisano!
I've noted tequila has a unique aroma. It also has a unique taste. It's somewhere between a traditional sour whiskey and a golden rum. The heat can be explosive, but lingers pleasantly. There's less subtlety in comparison with an aged tequila, but it makes an excellent base for Margaritas. You can use Jose Cuervo's own Tequila mix (think Asda have a monopoly on it now) or you can make your own with a mix of lime juice, triple sec and a dash of orange curacao (or Cointreau).
Jose Cuervo "Especial" is priced around £18 per bottle. The mix can be bought for around £6. Do NOT under any circumstance buy Jose Cuervo's ready mixed margaritas (both in single bottle). It is foul.
If my review has you tempted to try the more expensive Tequilas, but you don't want to splash out on a bottle, the excellent Wahaca in Covent garden has a full range. Try the Puerco pibil and refriados while you're there.
As you can probably tell from the nuber of reviews I have been writing on spirits recently, I like a few shots now and again. More often than not in bars with my group of friends rounds of shots are inevitvley bought and usually the choice from most pubs seems to consist of a choice between tequila or sambuca. I can't stand sambuca as it is far too sticky and sugary so often opt for a tequila. I find that Jose Cuervo Especial is stocked in most places in London. In my opinion it is the 'standard' tequila and has been the cause of many a self induced sunday on the sofa feeling terrible.
== The bottle ==
Jose Cuervo Gold comes in a distinctive square bottle which can easily be spotted on a bar shelf. The label gives the bottle a mexican appearance and the appearance of what looks like a wax seal on the design evokes thought of mexican bandits and ransom notes. I think the bottle is stylish but not something I would keep once the tequila is drunken (I have a bit of a collection of posh whisky bottles, mostly filled with 1pence coins as ornaments)
== The taste ==
Tequila is made from the blue agave plant that is found in Mexico and this is what gives tequila its taste. The amber colour of the Jose Gold comes from the oak barrels that it is matured in.
The taste is unique, because it is made from Agave it apparently tastes of cactus but I cannot say I have eaten many cacti. I would describe it as bitter and sharp although it is quite smooth to drink due to being higher in viscocity than a drink like vodka. It has a more full flavour than a vodka but nowhere near as strong as the liquorice in sambucca.
Compared to other tequilas I would say that the Jose gold is smoother than cheaper brands and varieties of Jose Tequila (such as the silver variety) however the taste isn't as distinctive as the more expensive versions such as Patron Anejo and it clearly has a mass market appeal as opposed to a refined special drink.
== How to drink it ==
There are many ways to drink tequila and these can all be applied to Jose Gold. I wouldn;t call it a particularly special tequila and would have no problem using it in a coctail or with a mixer. The traditional way to drink it is in three stages using lemon and salt which is carrie dout as follows:
1. Wet a part of your wrist and cover with salt. Then Lick the salt,
2. Down the shot of tequila
3. Bite on a chunk of lemon.
There are lots of variations to these three stages, my favourite being to swap the salt for tobasco sauce and the lemon for lime (this is hghly recommended and for a challange you can add more tobasco to the shot glass). My least favourite is the 'death shot' which is to snort the salt, down the tequila and then stick the lemon in your eye and yes I have drunkenly done this. It hurts and would score -10 dooyoo stars.
Jose Gold can also be usied in a wide range of cocktails, the main one being a margarita which consists of tequila, triple sec and lime juice. Other coctails include a tequila sunrise,
== Price ==
A bottle of Jose Gold Tequila sells for around £20 for 1Litre. This is quite reasonable as the spirit is 40% alcohol which compares with other spirits on the market. For the silver variety you pay a few pounds less but I do think the taste of the gold is better.
== Myth ==
There are many myths surrounding tequila such as it makes you spin. This is true, but no more than any other alcohol. The idea of a worm in the drink is also often associated with tequila, bu this is only certain brands and is not supplied in Jose gold (I actually quite like the worms in other brands).
== Summary ==
Far nicer than other shots. Warming and tasty when drunk sensibley. Highly recommended.
If I have to drink spirits then my drink of choice is Tequila and more specifically gold tequila. Tequila is made from the blue agave plant that is found in Mexico and this is what gives tequila its distinctive flavouring.
My brand of choice is Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila. It isn't the cheapest tequila out there but nor is it the most expensive and I think that it gives a good balance between price and quality and trust me with bad tequila you can really taste the difference.
Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila is the number one selling tequila in the world and for good reason I think.
It has a much better look, smell and more importantly taste than most other tequilas (with the exception of Patron but this is much more expensive and harder to come by) and the price is pretty good too. It costs in the region of £11.50 to £12.00 for a 50cl bottle so isn't too expensive but the price doesn't reflect on the quality whatsoever.
As soon as you pour the tequila you can see just how thick it is and what a fantastic amber colour it has. It isn't watery and thin but is instead thick and gloopy and almost resembles a cough syrup in consistency.
When you drink it you also notice the thickness and can feel it coating your throat on its way down. It always reminds me a little bit of whiskey not in taste but in the fact that you get that same warming burn as it goes down. This to me is the mark of a good tequila and luckily the taste is much nicer than whiskey is.
The best way to drink tequila is straight with no mixers and most people probably have some memories of having shots of tequila in bars with lime and salt. Another way to drink it as a shot is to substitute the lime and the salt for orange segments and cinnamon. This just gives the tequila a different flavouring and does make it a bit more palatable for some people who think it is too strong on its own.
The other way to enjoy it is in a cocktail and a margarita is the most famous and in my opinion the nicest cocktail to make with tequila. Rim a martini glass with some salt and then add two shots of Jose Cuervo, one shot of cointreu and a shot of lime juice. Everyone has their own way of making a margarita but this is my way and I think it makes the perfect margarita that is a combination of sour and sweet at the same time and also really refreshing and tasty.
A lot of people are scared of tequila as they think that they are going to get a bottle with a worm in it. The worm is a bit of an urban legend and doesn't actually come in bottles of tequila that we buy and most definitely not in bottle of Jose Cuervo and instead these worms are saved for Mexican spirits that are similar to tequila but mainly ones that are produced and sold locally in Mexico. I actually like the idea of the worm and would love to find a bottle containing one but no such luck yet. Maybe if I get to visit Mexico I will be able to buy myself one.
The alcohol content in Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila is 40% so it is strong and a few shots is enough to get me drunk but then again I have always been a bit of a lightweight when it comes to handling my liquor which isn't the best thing for a Scotsman to admit. In a margarita I find that it is also strong but because the cocktail is so tasty I find that I drink much more this way and end up paralytic after a few thinking that I haven't had that many.
The only problem with Jose Cuervo is that I find that this particular brand gives me more of a hangover than some others if I have overindulged. On something like vodka I am fine but when I have been drinking this I always wake up feeling like death. This of course is my own fault for having too much but I do wish that it didn't affect me quite as much as it does.
Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila is a premium brand of tequila that is marketed and sold as a mass market brand in disguise. This can easily compete with those expensive tequilas that cost three or four times as much. It won't be to every ones taste as a drink but it certainly is to mine. It is a fantastic drink to have at a bar or as a cocktail in the house and a couple of shots of it is certainly going to get any party started.
All those adverts that ask you to drink responsibly really do not apply when it comes to tequila as this is a drink that is made to be abused. Jose Cuervo Gold is a top quality tequila that retails at £20 for a 70cl bottle and this is a tequila that is distilled to be taken neat as a shot. It is a total waste of good tequila to use this one in a coctail mix, if you are looking to do that go for a cheaper brand as when you mix it with fruit juices and other spirits you are masking the taste, this tequila is designed to put some fire in your belly and to be consumed in the traditional three step process which ends with a shot glass being banged down onto the bar top or table. Having said that if you do use it to make a margherita or a sunrise it will still taste good and will certainly get you drunk as this spirit hits the 40% proof.
It gets its distinctive gold colouring from the oak barrels that it left to mature in. Certainly you notice a warm feeling when this spirit slips down the hatch but it is not a burning sensation which I tend to find that I get with whisky, with gold it is more of a smooth warm feeling that spreads nicely but is not very long lasting.
It does have a strong taste of alcohol but it is also far more mellow than some tequila's that I have consumed and while I would not exactly spend a whole evening drinking tequila, if I did it would be a very short evening indeed I do enjoy a couple of shots every so often. There is a smoothness about this particular tequila that is not present in cheaper versions and while it is a bit of an acquired taste it is one that I do appreciate.
Tequila is something I always have a bottle of at home, and always replace with a new bottle when I run out.
It usually retails for between £16 and £18 depending on where you buy it from, and unfortunatly it is very rarely on any offers or reduced in price.
I usually use tequila to make margarita's with and this is usually the only bottle/type of tequila that is readily available in this county. It tastes lovely in margarita's or when mixed with fruit juices. On its own however I think it tastes simply horrible. It smells so strongly of alcohol that it feels like it might burn the inside of your nose if you smell it too long. The only time I ever drink this on its own is when I am looking to get very merry very quickly, or later on in the night when we're all already drunk and tequila shots or slammers seems like the best idea in the world. Drank on its own it tastes very strong, and very much like pure alcohol - it is impossible to taste any more depth than that. It burns your lips, your tongue, your throat and you can feel it going down your chest and into your stomach burning everything on the way. Why we put ourselves through the pain of licking salt and sucking on a lemon on top of this makes no sense to me now, but as I said - once im drunk it seems like the best and logical thing to do.
Overall I would only suggest buying this to make cocktails or margaritas, its a dangerous drink to have around as it gets me drunk very quickly. I would love to try different types and brands of tequila as im sure there is a nice tasting one somewhere - this one just isnt it. Despite all that however I always have a bottle of it in the house for when I fancy a margarita - thats its only actual good use for me.
---Tequila when the doors are open---
This year I discovered two things about my work colleagues. Firstly, no one believed me when I said I was going to get myself and my friend well and truly drunk before we left the house for our work night out. Secondly my friend is a total light weight.
My weapon of choice this past weekend (and indeed the last year or two) was a bottle of Jose Cuervo Tequila (Gold). First I'll wax lyrical about the history of this marvellous beverage.
Once upon a time (1795) when the King of Spain owned stuff - stuff being what is now Mexico-, a lovely little man (Jose Antonio de Cuervo) and his family were given a chunk of land and the very first licence to produce Tequila.
Tequila (pronounced Teh-key-lah) is made from a plant called Blue Agave which is commonly mistaken for a cactus but is actually part of the lily family. If you're thinking about some home made tequila then you might want to take note that the plants take between 6 and 12 years to mature. Worth the wait? I think not.
Blue Agave is grown in and around a town in west Mexico called... wait for it... 'Tequila'! Much in the same way that whiskey isn't whiskey if it's not from Scotland, Tequila isn't Tequila if it doesn't come from Tequila. (Yes, that made my head hurt too but rules be rules!) Rather sadly, you don't get Blue Tequila; it comes out a lovely warm golden colour.
If you are eagle eyed, they haven't changed the packaging before I posted and you noticed (more probably BEFORE you had a drink) that the bottle is labelled "Reposada" then I give you ten points! Not sure what you can use them on but I'm sure I'll think of something. "Reposada" means "rested" and refers to how the drink is made and gives an indication to how old your tequila is. Reposada has been rested in Oak barrels for a minimum of two months but less than a year. Jose Cuervo tends to be around three months old. Your bottle of Jose will be between 38% and 40% which is a touch stronger than Vodka and generally is the best tasting Tequila going.
Flavour wise, I find tequila in general really is an acquired taste. Jose is no different. It is one of those drinks that you either love or you hate. There are, however, some more palatable ways of drinking Jose, my favourite of which is in a Margarita! Typically that's tequila, triple sec (orange liqueur), lime and ice served in a salt rimmed glass though there are a million and ten different versions of a Margarita. Personally I throw a double shot of tequila in, replace the triple sec with orange juice, squeeze one lime into it and top it off with apple juice.
As for rimming the glass with salt, here's the best method: get a wedge of lime, put a cut in it across the wedge and slide it onto the rim of the glass. Give it a gentle squeeze and rub it round the rim of the glass. Take the glass and roll the rim on a plate full of salt (table salt is best for this, rock salt will kill you). Walla! A perfectly salt rimmed glass! Took me a wee while to figure that out.
The other popular way of enjoying tequila is in a shot though when I say enjoy, I use it in the macho "lets get each other drunk on really nasty stuff" kind of way. Most people don't actually LIKE tequila shooters. Usually you stick some salt on your hand, lick it, shoot the tequila and suck on the lime. Use a nice big chunk of lime and it really compliments the flavour of your Jose. Personally, I would have babies with a Jose served in a shot glass with some salt and lime.
If you are feeling pressured into doing a shot, short of saying no (which if you were responsible you really should) then you could always demand that your tequila is served ice cold. As with most alcohols, Jose loses all of its flavour when you chill it. For that reason its best not to store it in a fridge. Stick it in a cupboard or display it on your kitchen work top like I do.
Yep, you noticed that I've counted more than the normal adage advises! If you can handle four drinks, you should be able to handle more than three shots of tequila before you hit the floor. I tested the rhyme with an old flatmate once and we managed to get to 8 shots of tequila before we felt a warm glow. While being slightly stronger than some other alcohols, Jose Cuervo is by no means "blow your face off" material in any way. Other myths include the worm in the bottle which is actually in Mezcal, a drink made of variations of the blue agave. Similar to Tequila, but not actually tequila! Isn't learning fun?
---It burns, it burns---
Actually, it doesn't. Jose is slightly warm but it's no where near a burn. It's hardly a light tickle. Another good point about Jose! Allergy wise it's only going to burn if you are allergic to alcohol but I'm sure you'd be avoiding Tequila if you were. Jose is also gluten free!
Unfortunately it's not calorie free, coming in at a rather comical 69 calories per serving. Maybe that's why I always feel randy after having Jose over? Hmm. Either way, you could have two and a half shots and it's the equivalent of a Crunchie (which I just so happen to have to hand to compare!). Hit 4 shots and you are eating two Crunchies. Go as far as the 8 I had and, Christ on a bike, you'll have consumed four Crunchies in one sitting. You Pig.
---Finish off the bottle---
So, in one 75cl bottle you will find yourself enough to share with a friend and get fairly tipsy. Usually, when I'm not being a bad influence, I come out with about a quarter of a bottle left over. If, however, you are glad when someone shouts "Ach, screw it, lets just finish off the bottle" then you'll easily get through a bottle in a couple of hours worth of shenanigans. That's not bad for the £12 you tend to pay for a bottle that size.
---Tequila when they're calling time---
In Conclusion, Jose Cuervo Tequila is quite spiffing. It doesn't come with a worm. It does come with a handy rhyme to help you remember how to count after you've gotten drunk. The contents of said rhyme are inaccurate for those who are either accustomed to drinking or are Scottish. Same thing really. Its flavour is something you will love or hate but if you like a good cocktail...ahem... then Jose should definitely be kept in your cupboard. Butlers called Jose are GREAT at mixing cocktails. Price wise it's very decent calorie wise it's suggestive. Now go fourth and sample the goods people. I say yay!
I am not a great fan of spirits but I can appreciate a good drink, especially when it comes to tequilas.
Browsing trough the shelves of supermarkets this is the most commonly available tequila, if not the only one in most of the cases, I guess is just not a popular drink in UK . I really like the bottle, the yellow label and golden nectar inside looks very exotic and it says buy me.
At only £16.99 and 40% alcohol and 700ml is a bargain of a drink if you just want to get drunk for the sake of it.
I would normally sip my drinks, for me is all about the flavours and I could never understand why do people take shots of tequila with salt and lemon until I tried Jose Cuervo. You see, I have been spoiled in the past with ages tequilas like Aha Toro and Don Julio, at £40 a bottle they wore really fine creamy buttery and vanilla flavoured all natural with nothing added to them, absolutely heavenly spirits.
I expected Jose Cuervo to be less of a sensation but nothing prepared me for what I was about to experience. This drink to begin with has a horrid alcohol scent, with no complex scent to it, just plain alcohol like you would get out of cheap vodka or even disinfectants. When you taste it is absolutely nothing to the pallet other then spirit and swallowing it gets stuck dawn my throat, it literally burns down my throat and stomach. And even from a small glass I get a head ache the next morning, which I normally never get out of good drinks.
I personally tried to make a cocktail out of it with syrups, lemon and salt around the edges of the glass but I still did not found it any good.
The only use I have is to clean the windows with it, seems to do a great job!
Personally I think this is such a bad drink that would put many people off tequila in general.
If you want something good make sure your tequila is made out of 100% agave and aged (anejo), Ican't go wrong with that!
Jose Cuervo Gold (a.k.a Jose Cuervo Especial) tequila is a reposado tequila, meaning it has been aged in oak casks for between two months and a year.
This is possibly one of my favourite tequilas, and the best commercial tequila I've tasted. Tequila itself can have an odd, sometimes unpleasant smell, and a taste that definitely gets used to. I find the smell of this tequila almost pleased, and it certainly has a superior taste.
I drink my tequila most often as a shooter with salt and lemon and for this purpose there is no better tequila than Jose Cuervo Especial. It is smooth and mellow, with a nice aftertaste. To be perfectly honest it's nice enough to drink on its own, though I have yet to try it on the rocks.
This tequila also works particularly well in lemonade, with just a dash of lime. It also excellent in a margherita.
A small downside to this tequila is the cost. Jose Cuervo is a premium brand so bottles of this stuff can get a bit pricey (in the region of £17 for 75cl). If you like your tequila, however, the price is a small sacrifice. This is good stuff.
Remember, always drink responsibly.
I and my friends will find any excuse to get around the table and pass the shot glass containing an amber-coloured liquid that is claiming to be tequila. We would be passing around beers on ordinary days but on special occasions (or no occasions at all) we would like to be kicked hard and drink tequila. You have to experience the Filipino drinking session to know how crazy it is. We would spend the whole day for it. Yes, call us a lazy lot but we devote a certain amount of dedication to it if the situation calls for it. We share one glass to be passed around the group. Not very hygienic but I won't expand on that because that would be an entirely different review. Anyways, this is the spirit of the Filipino bonding and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Our favourite companion Jose Cuervo, is produced by Tequila Cuervo La Rojeña, S.A. de C.V. Jose Cuervo Gold Especial is distinctive in its light golden hue which others say is not really acquired from aging but just plain color. This is supposedly the best-selling tequila in the world. It has a red badge on it, a proof of authenticity. Tequilas are derived from blue agave plants. They look a lot like our average pineapples. They are harvested 8 to 12 years after they are being planted. Like any alcoholic beverage, the process involves fermentation and distillation.
Based on my experience, Jose Cuervo Gold packs a really powerful punch. The smell assaults your nose, flooding your memory with previous bad experiences. That should be enough to remind you should you let yourself get lost in alcohol. But, whoever listens to that warning ringing in one's head when one is having so much fun? I have not really smelled a real agave plant, but I would imagine this smells like a regular pineapple. That hint of sweetness is present in the tequila blurred by the alcohol and other spicy smell. At first taste the liquid burns your throat and it settles quite strongly in your stomach. But, don't worry; you will not mind it for long. After several shots, you'll get the feel of the drink and will eventually enjoy it. So much that it makes you forget it is an alcoholic beverage and before you knew it, you'll be in your most festive mood abandoning all self-control.
I like tequila in its original form with salt and lemon/lime (or kalamansi-our version of lemon) to go with it. We need that to mask the taste. It is great for margarita mixes as well. There are many recipes that you can concoct with Jose Cuervo T Gold tequila. The website (www.josecuervo.com) dedicates a part of it for recipes. This is really nasty stuff but enjoyable enough. In a way, it's torture, too. Gosh, they always make the description so comely. Truth of the matter is, this can knocked you out. It doesn't go down smoothly and you can almost feel the headache in every bottle. And the one we get in the bottle is not really 100% agave, I have discovered, so that might explain the wild taste. However, the other tequila brands available here just taste so horrible so we always settle for Jose Cuervo Gold tequila. I guess, it is the spirit of friendship and fooling around that always gets me through it. Even if we go clubbing, this is what we usually have. That famous body shots always set the club on fire. No cocktail for me. Just expands the bill but doesn't do the job.
Oh, yeah. This brand has taken quite a beating for producing what they say as substandard tequila. But no matter what they say, this will always be the one for me.
To revise Henny Youngman's quote: "When I read about the evils of drinking (Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila), I gave up reading"...;o)
Tequila, tequila, tequila. I used to love her, but i had tequila. Tequila.....'to kill her' ? No? sorry, bad joke. But thats kind of the tequila effect. This may just be the best party drink ever, and is a strong contender for the best shooter of all time. Speaking from experience, I feel that Jose Cuervo Gold is one of the best Tequilas readily available in the UK. Powerful taste, strong flavour, and it gets you cutting loose like nothing else. With tequilas, there's a huge difference in quality, and a rough, cheap bottle can really set you up for a fall. Joser Cuervo is also a great tequila, though the extra cost for the 'Gold' label is wel lworth it in terms of quality. Although other tequila brands will certainly get you drunk, Cuervo Gold gets you drunk and straight up in the mood to party. Although it has the characteristic sharpness of tequila, it avoids the ultra-sour aftertaste which can makea drinker sick. Its just not a drink you'd whip down when you're depressed and you want to wallow. Yes, this gold variety is one of the best. As well as an awesome shooter, Cuervo Gold's rich flavour makes it a superior cocktail mixer, and the margeys you can whip up have the potential to be awesome. Although i'm not really that much of a cocktail guy, when I do throw one together, this would definitely be my requila of choice. Its a good servant, but a cruel master, so the casual drinker should be cautious at first. Many a lesser boozer has fallen prey to fits of vommit after too much tequila. The relative smoothness of this brand can often lure a drinker into over-consumption. But true believers, drink up and onwards. There's nothing like an early morning gold tequila pick me up. Although Cuervo and I were estranged for a couple of years (following a controversial incident on my 22nd birthday) i am pleased to announce that we are back together, stronger than ever, and are looking to long, close relati
I recon that this is the best tequila that money can buy - well the best tequila that I have ever tasted. You can slam this drink with the usual salt and lemon (or lime) but I would reccomend that you sip it need so you can savour its lovley dry with a hint of frutiness in its flavour. The aftertaste of this tequila is sharp but is much smoother than other tequias available on the market. After drinking this fantastic drink I would never drink any other brand of tequila. I have found this tequila extremely easy to drink and enjoy. Its much better drunk by itslef and not enjoyed with food. However it does make an excellent Margerita and I would recomend the recipes on the Jose Cuvero site. :) Actually the last time I went to a house party, I took with me a bottle of absynth, a bottle of Balies and a bottle of this fine tipple. Needless to say within half an hour all of this fine drink were gone (mostly slammed unfortunatly). The absynth was still there suprisingly - far to strong for most ppl:). After a little bit of searcing on the internet I have found a little history of this fine tequila read and enjoy: " The story of tequila and how it became a popular drink all over the world (honored in song, poem and movies) is a fascinating tale stretching back over 200 years. It all begins with the agave plant growing near a small Mexican town high in the mountains near Guadalajara - and it ends up in bottles, blenders, and cocktail glasses in almost every country on the face of the globe. But this is a tale that can not be told without mentioning the one name associated around the world with Tequila: José Cuervo, the most revered name in Tequila. Tequila is the descendant of the first alcoholic beverage produced in North America, dating back to the Aztecs in the early 16th century and a drink they made from the agave plant. When the Spaniards first landed centuries ago in wh
at would later be called Mexico, they found the natives drinking a fermented beverage that came from the liquid produced by steaming an agave plant. Using their knowledge of distillation, the Spanish conquistadores transformed the fermented product into a clear, unique distilled liquid - Tequila. In the centuries since, no one has had more to do with perfecting this delicious, alluring liquor than José Cuervo and his descendants. Jose Antonio de Cuervo, the first tequila producer, obtained a grant for land from the King of Spain in 1758, before Mexico had become an independent republic. In 1795, King Carlos IV of Spain transferred the deed to the second José Cuervo, Jose Maria Guadalupe Cuervo, and granted him the first concession to commercially produce Tequila. This Jose Cuervo immediately built his distillery, to produce the "wine of the earth" - Tequila. After the death of her father, Jose Maria Guadalupe Cuervo, Maria Magdelena Ignacia inherited the distillery and married Vicente Albino Rojas, who re-christened it Fabrica La Rojeña. Rojas aggressively promoted the family product, not only within the state of Jalisco, but throughout Mexico. While the distillery would change names and hands several more times over the succeeding years, it always remained in the hands of the descendants of the original José Cuervo. Under the leadership of the José Cuervo family, the reputation of José Cuervo's superb Tequila now began to spread around the world as it garnished prestigious International awards, including the Gran Premio of 1907 in Madrid and the Grand Prix at the International Food and Hygiene Exhibition in Paris in 1909. The reputation of José Cuervo Tequila continued to spread: first to America, then Europe to now finally where José Cuervo can be found in over 90 countries worldwide. Two centuries down the road, the José Cuervo distillery continues to operate in the town of Tequila, near Guadalajara in the Mexican
state of Jalisco. " this was taken from http://www.josecuervo.com/html/tradicion/familyhistory.html Cheers All Alex In my oppinion the only thing that this tequila is really missing is the worm. Swalowing that worm, or even chewing it is a fantastic feeling. Never got any of that aphrodisiac or haloucinogenic effects off tequla worms. If anyone knows where I can buy just the worms will you email me. Cheers.... :)
Everyone knows about Tequila, and over here Jose Cuervo must be the biggest selling brand of gold there is. Whether this is a good thing or not is left up to the individual, however for me, it is no longer as appealing as it used to be. You see, I've been spoiled, I've tried proper Mexican Tequila made with 100% cactus, compared to the stuff over here which only has a fraction of this in it. I always used to drink Jose Cuervo as I didn't know anything else (and thats all most pubs serve), but now I know what real tequila is. You may laugh at that, think it sad, or that I'm just a drunk, but the stuff I have at the moment (supplied by friends who went on holiday to Mexico) is so nice you can sip it. There is no need to use salt and lemon (although I always prefered lime), with the real stuff you can sip it, or knock it back on its own, the way it was meant to be. I'm not saying that I wouldn't or don't still drink this brand of tequila as I do. I still now and again on a friday night slam the occasional shot or dozen (!!), but it no longer holds the appeal it used to. I personally believe that the manufactuers are to blame. They have introduced an inferior product in this country just so they can keep the good stuff for themselves. I say bring in the good stuff, keep the name Jose Curvero for all I care, but even their gold brand isn't as good as it should be. I think that the companies could make a fortune if they imported the real thing, and its only laziness and a lack of raw materials (OK quite an important detail) that prevents this. I WANT THE REAL THING
Jose Cuervo Especial gets its distinctive golden colour and smooth mellow taste from resting in oak casks. Drink neat, on the rocks or as the base for a superior Margarita.